Members of the self-drive, 4×4 community, who like to drive the back routes in Zimbabwe will be delighted to hear that Gache Gache Lodge, which is attractively situated on the estuary of the Gache Gache River at Lake Kariba’s South East corner, has now created camping and ablution facilities for adventurers wanting to stop off at the Lodge.
Says Pat Townsend, “We have a set of ablutions and green lawns now for the 4×4 camper crowd who drive the backroads and want to stop over at Gache for a night or two break en-route. It is becoming quite popular. There are four sets of ablutions, with a shower, toilet and basin each. Campers have to share the green lawns with the hippos!! I have all the GPS co-ordinates if anyone asks for this route. We charge camping fees. Self-drivers using the campsite can arrange to have meals with us (please give us advance notice) or they can do their own catering. We can also arrange activities if they want. Booking is advisable.”
The long, dusty, unpaved route along the south side of Lake Kariba, which links Victoria Falls with Kariba town via Binga, Sijarira, Chizarira, Matusadona, and Karoi has always been popular with adventurous 4×4 enthusiasts. However, places to stay en route are few and far between.
Rather than having to drive the long way round via Karoi, joining the main Harare-Chirundu highway, before turning off to Kariba, self-drivers coming from Victoria Falls can now “cut the corner” by descending through the Matusadona mountains (after crossing the Sanyati River Bridge) to the SE corner of Kariba and stopping off at Gache Gache. From there is it a pleasant and easy unpaved drive around the Eastern side of the Lake to Kariba town itself. The camp is equally conveniently situated as a first night stop for travellers doing the journey in reverse (Kariba – Vic Falls).
From: Wild Zambezi
Date: 4 October 2013